Graduate School

Researcher development

Researcher development

The Researcher Development Framework outlines key areas that all researchers need to develop.

Our broad and comprehensive range of training courses help our research staff and eligible students to develop vital transferable skills in these key areas. 

We also offer a range of different ways for you to gain these skills;


The Researcher Development Programme

Our Researcher development courses are free for all postgraduate researchers (including a few eligible MA and MSc courses) and research staff.

Our Researcher Development Programme shows which courses are most relevant for you in terms of where you are in your programme of study: early, mid or late stage.

The Graduate School's writing provision map also provides useful information on additional writing skills support sessions provided outside your school.

2013/2014 writing provision map

Online courses and resources

Our online courses and resources workspace  contains useful online training materials for researchers on all campuses covering a wide range of topics from qualitative research to social media tools. 

Be a Viva Survivor

Our Viva Survivor webpage brings together details of the extensive range of viva support for students. Some provision is of the traditional workshop style, others, such as the YouTube and iTunes U is web based.



Vitae logoVitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education.

The Vitae ‘researcher booklets’ offer practical information to researchers about different topics in support of their personal, professional and career development. 


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